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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%


Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005)
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bklynbeerbaron

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains.

Appearance: A rich medium-brown color with a fluffy head which lasted halfway down the glass.

Smell: I read a printed description which said it smelled like freshly baked bread. They were right on the money. Like a loaf of pumpernickel or a nutty, Irish brown bread.

Taste: Is this really a brown ale? Because I found porter-like complexities in this brew. Started out pleasantly sweet, with a moderate hop presence. But then I got the roasted coffee flavors that I normally associate with a good porter. The nutty finish does remind you that it is a brown ale. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It did not take me long to finish this one and I could have definitely gone for another.

Notes: One of the more interesting brown ales I've had. Not only could it be a good session beer, but if you keep yourself to sipping it, you can really appreciate its range of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2006 04:51:23 | More by bklynbeerbaron
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bonbright7

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My growler of Brownstone Ale was a perfect ice breaker at a pre-Christmas dinner last night as I poured all the adults from Nova Scotia, Vancouver and North Carolina a taste of one of Brooklyn's best. It's interesting malty aroma invited comments and first tasters remarked how smooth it went with the cheese platters we had out. A second round finished off the growler, but the unquestionable drinkability brought everyone to tell me what they wanted for Christmas in the form of growlers and half barrels.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2007 16:20:59 | More by bonbright7
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint Brownstone pours a very dark brown with a good amount of fluffy off-white head. Considering that this was poured from the tap into a bottle and then from that bottle into my glass its looking pretty good.

Aroma is a boat load of sweet malt. It definitely has a lot of that dark brown bread smell to it along with the smell you get when you open a can of malt extract. There is also some sweet caramel and definitely some dark brown sugar. Its a very "warm" smelling brown ale.

Flavors and aromas are one in the same. There is a ton of sweet caramel and dark brown sugar flavor to this beer. Its a big dose of sweet malt and a bit of hop bitterness that just rounds out the finish to each sip. Very tasty.

Everything I've ever had from Sixpoint has been excellent. If you ever find yourself in NYC, venture down to the Redhook section of Brooklyn and pop into Sixpoint for a tour and a tasting, you won't be sorry.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 03:07:15 | More by indiapaleale
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Beautiful copper-amber with a fluffy, off-white head that settles into a nice layer of pillowy retention and lace all the way down the glass. Seriously good-looking American Brown Ale!

S: Considerably hoppy nose for the style. The roasted malt is definitely there. Inviting. Especially fresh from the crack of the can.

T: Delicious. Great balance of slightly sweet, roasted malt and fruity, resiny hops with the right amount of bitterness. Hints of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and earth from the seemingly perfectly-roasted malt. Dry-hopped, malty finish is fantastic. A pleasure to drink.

M: Fresh, clean, and full of flavor. Palate gets covered in deliciousness. Each gulp reassures me that this is a damn good beer.

O: Extremely happy with this drinking experience. An incredible version of the style. Just wish the can was matte brown (like Apollo is matte white) instead of chrome, ha.

Serving type: can

08-24-2012 20:23:08 | More by Gatch
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You know a beer is good when you go into the bar to order something else, but decide to have one of these first, and then end up drinking three of them. At 2 in the afternoon.

Creamy white head, dark brown with ruby red hues, doesn't smell like much but very malty, coffee, smooth taste and a bit of chocolatey caramel sweetness with just the right amount of hops on the top. The standout qualities of this beer are the taste and the mouthfeel. I would have to say this beer was perfectly carbonated. Very effervescent, but not "big bubbled" like soda, it's like a brown ale with the carbonation of an Aventinus and it really brings out the taste. Combine that with the lite hoppiness and the sweetness and you have a refreshing brown ale, even in the muggy hot summer. I normally don't touch anything but wheat beers or IPAs in the summer but this is way, way worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2005 02:26:40 | More by PopeJonPaul
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. Nice off white head. Nose is nice and deep with a sweet tone. Flavor is deep, robust, and at just the right levels. You know you're drinking a brown ale with this one. If I were blind and tasted it, I would know exactly what it was. Nice lasting caramel aftertaste. Feel is smooth on liquid with a great bubble on the tongue. It kind of stays with you and nibbles on your mouth long after you are done (the bubble that is).Extremely drinkable. Another great brew from Sixpoint and a beautiful take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 08:57:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerNotes

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color, pretty clear. Pours with a 1/4-inch eggshell head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing on the way down.

S: Full malt aroma. A slight hint of toffee and nuts with just the tiniest bit of hops.

T: The malt from the nose is big up front, like a traditional brown ale. Hints of chocolate. Halfway down, the hops kick in and finish out the flavor.

M: Creamy on the tongue, but finishes a bit prickly and dry.

O: A really interesting take on a brown ale. The hop flavoring — and where it kicks in — makes this a surprisingly refreshing darker brew. The transition between the malts up front and hops in the back is a bit weird, and really the only downside to the flavor combination. It was a really smart move by Sixpoint to release this when they did, as the beer is a great segue from lighter, refreshing summer beers to the Märzens/Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales of the fall.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 18:29:55 | More by BeerNotes
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown with a nice 2" thick fluffy head. Medium lacing.

Smell: malt and caramel sweetness is easily detectable.

Taste: nice big malt base, caramel, hint of chocolate, along with a touch of nuttiness, brown sugar, and earthiness. Bitterness is mild. Solid and hearty brown ale here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: great session beer. Easy to drink and leaves you satisifed unlike many other brown ales. Try this if you see it.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2007 14:07:39 | More by Gavage
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shaebs99

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask a while back at Bobbique and just discovered my notes on it.
Cloudy dark brown with large tan head. Retention and lacing were quite good.
The aroma is mostly biscuity with caramel and slight chocolate malts.
Taste is slightly sweet with tastes of caramel and bread with a bitter finish.
A quality brown ale that I was very happy to find a cask of at Bobbique. Very drinkable. I wouldn't want to limit myself to one beer while here, but I could easily do so with this beer. Looking forward to finding it on-tap elsewhere.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2007 17:56:58 | More by shaebs99
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice roasted, crystal, and bisquit malt scent that's dry and toastey with just a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is great as well. It has a complex malt bill that produces a wonderful roasted character with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. It has a bread-like presence as well. It goes down very easily and finishes light/thin. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It's light, yet complex. What a good drinking brown.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2008 02:04:27 | More by WesWes
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, big nutty middle, hops towards the end, and caramel throughout

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This is one of the more complex brown ales I have had. I know there is a flavor in there I cannot put my hand on. The nuttiness is there to match some other sweet flavors. Great brew, wish I could find this in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 15:39:42 | More by tigg924
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big Sixpoint fan. This is another example of why. Every style from them has been a winner and near top of class.

This brown ale is nicely balanced with a bit less sweet and more hops than typical. It has a great, fresh aroma and a lovely taste and aftertaste. It looks great in a glass, and it seems to transport well (I dragged this one with me to Moline IL on the banks of the Mississippi). Great stuff.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 22:18:52 | More by schoolboy
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Hazed amber red hue, sticky two fingers of froth

SMELL: Clean hop resin, toasted bread, mildly estery, spicy, caramel, faint orange peel, herbal, hay, roasted pecans

TASTE: Very malty, medium bodied, very smooth, toasted character throughout, juicy hop bitterness, chicory, hint of unsweetened chocolate, peppery alcohol, slightly orangey hop flavor, citrus pith, vaguely nutty, drying finish

A bit raw but certainly not unfinished, layers peel away with each sip as it warms up. I've had this on tap many times and the can seems to have held on to all of this greatness. Hands down one of my favorite American brewed browns.

Serving type: can

10-22-2012 02:09:04 | More by Jason
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 16 oz. can stamped on the bottom with: Best Before 26 Apr 2013. Sampled on March 13, 2013.

This pours a handsome looking brown color with a big, puffy cream colored head the sits on top for the session. There is a slight cloudiness giving it that home brew feel.

The short description for the aroma is sweet but the characters are malts, nuts, and a mellow, subtle earthy hop note tickling my nose.

The body is medium with a touch of acidity.

Up front the taste is alive with sweet, flavorful malts, caramel as it warms, and a low to moderate hop bitterness on the tail end that gently goes to sleep as you finish it off. This is the kind of brown ale that I like.

Serving type: can

03-12-2013 21:28:57 | More by puboflyons
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lehows

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fraunce's Tavern. It pours wonderfully with a gargantuan off-white head that quickly settled down to a nice thin lace. The smell was bready but I got a lot coffee and caramel notes in there too. One of my friends was nursing it but I found it highly drinkable and tasty. I had quite a few. This is another great brew from the guys at Sixpoint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 14:23:28 | More by lehows
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sleazo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Black Rabbit

A-pours a very dark brown almost porter like. Creamy rich head tops it.

S-mild odor. Slight roated malt

T-dark choclate covered raisins with an underlying bitterness very full roasted flavour. With hints of coffee as well. Slightly sweet but with good balance. The complexities continue as it warms.

M-Medium body with a slightly above avg carbonatoon for style

D-This is just a great brown ale. I get this whenever I see it on tap. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2007 05:35:36 | More by sleazo
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at RedBones in Somerville 1/20/10

A: This beer pours a deep amber somewhat ruby color with no head.

S: Nose is of caramel and heavy toffee, hint of hazlenut, and toasted malts.

T: Taste is awesome rich caramel up front - true caramel not caramel malts and brown sugar. Toffee, a hint of alochol, and roasted malts on the back end with a bit of fruitiness. Finish is a nice muted floral hop flavoring.

M: Light side of medium body, low carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Tasty and goes down remarkably easy. This is one to sit with for an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 15:50:49 | More by Jayli
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear brown color with a nice finger and a half of brownish head. The head has solid retention with very nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet carmel malts. There is also some nice brown sugar and bread elements. Also, just a touch of molasses mixed in.

T - Starts off with a building sweet carmel malt flavor with a bit of sweet elements (brown sugar and maple). In the middle the brown sugar flavor and molasses jump out a bit and there is some nuttiness that join the carmel malts. The finish has a bit deeper malt flavor with some nut flavor once again, which linger nicely.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Feels like a nice balance. The beer is super smooth and crisp. Nice finish also.

D - Extremely drinkable. Nicely balanced and mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Has a lot of sweetness, but it never feels too overpowering.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2011 22:39:50 | More by ngeunit1
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, reddish brown with two fingers of fluffy, egg shell white head. Great lacing is left behind.

Smell: the malt really stands out with caramel, hints of chocolate, and a bit of earthy hops.

Taste: follows the nose with a good amount of chocolate, some caramel, some brown sugar, and some roastiness without straying into the realm of porter. Balanced nicely with some earthy hops. Very solid brown ale flavor.

Feel: fairly light, crisply carbonated.

Drink: very easy drinking. One could session this if one wanted to.

Overall, this is a very solid brown and a great beer from Sixpoint. This is my first Sixpoint beer and its giving me something to look out for. I'll be trying any Sixpoints I see on tap from now on. Worth a try if browns are your thing. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 16:44:54 | More by SkunkWorks
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CHickman

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review from 3/17/2011: pours chestnut brown in color with bubbles racing up the brew and a small creamy brown head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; nice looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit and cinnamon; really nice hoppy aroma, which surprised me as I expected a nut brown ale aroma based on the name.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, wet bread, cereal, pepper, flowers, floral hops, grapefruit, light lemon and cinnamon; brew has a slight hoppy bite with some heat, but is very tasty and much hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium body and a slight dry finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer which pleasantly surprised me with the huge hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 04:03:47 | More by CHickman
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some nice caramelized malts, a big floral hop aroma, and some spices.
T: Tastes of a nice mix of roasted, toasted, and caramelized malts, some grapefruit, floral hops and some citrus hops at the end.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, and a bit dry at the end.
D: Overall it was a pretty tasty and interesting take on the beer, well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 10:26:08 | More by erosier
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

another attempt to beat the heat. what could be more refreshing than a nice brown ale? pours a very solid dark brown. par for the sixpoint course, this beer looks foreboding in a serious way. looking at it makes me sweat more. creamy and thin coating of cottony foam. uniform lacing. looks like a homemade root beer. aroma is dominated by a bitter nuttiness with a mild hint of aromatic hops. more traditional nose, very fresh hints of soft-baked pretzel. wow, this is a smooth beer. slides down the throat like silk, emitting more of that roasted nut flavor as well as a touch of botanical green hoppiness. malt character isn't too thick or overbearing, but rather buttery and velvety. finishes bitter but not oppressive with a nougat flavor and some wheat bread. beery and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 07:30:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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Lupe

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy and dark brown in color with a small tan head. Decent head retention and sporadic lacing.

Fairly restrained aroma that is biscuity with caramel, nut, and light chocolate roast malt.

Nice malty flavor - slightly sweet with caramel, toasted bread, mild coffee, nuts, and a touch of chocolate nibs. Nuttiness gets more pronounced, which along with the roasted malts and mild hops does a great job of balancing the sweetness. Finishes a little bitter with a quickly fading aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and a little chewy. Very satisfying and drinkable. Brown Ales are not my thing, but this was a very tasty and sessionable one.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2008 16:43:34 | More by Lupe
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of off white foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is pretty hoppy, dominated by citrus hop aromas, but not overwhelmingly so.

First sip is pleasingly refreshing, effervescent, mild hop flavor, sweet crystal malt backbone, and a nice bitter finish. Certainly a hoppy take on the style, but it works nicely. I feel it could use a bit more body or malt sweetness, but that's a relatively minor fault.

Serving type: can

10-04-2012 02:28:48 | More by FickleBeast
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a sixteen ounce can.

Pours chestnut brown, good 1/4 inch white foam. Fluffy on top. Malty caramel nose. Vanilla too. Rich malty refreshing taste. Light bitter hop in the close. Subtle balanced sweetness. Halfway between a pale and a brown. Flavorful. Really good.

Serving type: can

05-08-2013 01:25:59 | More by KTCamm
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.